What is Repaglinide used for?
Repaglinide is an anti-diabetic medication prescribed to lower blood sugar (glucose) levels in individuals with type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes. It is used in combination with healthy diet and regular exercise. This oral medication helps control blood sugar by stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Repaglinide?
Like other medicines, Repaglinide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Repaglinide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Repaglinide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Repaglinide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Repaglinide can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, back pain, joint pain, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Repaglinide.
What is the recommended dosage of Repaglinide?
The dosage of Repaglinide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Repaglinide?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Repaglinide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember only if you are getting ready to eat a meal. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Repaglinide?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Repaglinide, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Repaglinide?
- St. John's wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Repaglinide.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Repaglinide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Repaglinide can interact with antifungal medications, antibiotics, heart or blood pressure medications, and HIV/AIDS medicines.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Repaglinide?
Is it possible for me to take Repaglinide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Repaglinide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Repaglinide?
How will Repaglinide work in my body?
How should Repaglinide be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Repaglinide drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Repaglinide is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.